Clare road closures to start on Saturday

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Residents, businesses and motorists are being reminded that Cavendish Road, Clare, will be closed for four weeks, starting this Saturday (July 18).

National Grid will be carrying out work to replace ageing gas mains in Cavendish Road, from Harp Lane to Church Street, and then in Church Street itself.

The existing iron mains will be replaced by tough, hardwearing plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years.

From Saturday July 18 to August 17, Cavendish Road will be closed to through traffic from Harp Lane to Church Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, with vehicle access to properties in Cavendish Road only.

Businesses in the town will remain open as usual.

While Cavendish Road is closed to through traffic the following diversion route will be in place: A1092 towards Long Melford, A134 towards Bury St Edmunds, A1302, A143 towards Haverhill, A1017, and then the A1092 towards Clare.

Emergency services access will be maintained at all times to properties in Cavendish Road. The emergency services have made contingency arrangements to ensure they can reach everyone in the Clare area during the closure.

Local buses that normally travel between Sudbury and Haverhill, via Clare, will be running a split service. Passengers will be dropped off in Clare and will then need to walk along Cavendish Road to pick up their connecting bus and continue their journey.

For information about school bus services or public bus services during the road closure contact Suffolk Passenger Transport on 0345 606 6171 or go to suffolkonboard.com.

To prevent HGVs entering the town, electronic variable message signs will be stationed at key points in the Clare area, warning of the road closure and diversion.

There will also be gatemen sited at either end of the closure to advise motorists.

Businesses affected by the work may be eligible for compensation for loss of business under the Gas Regulations 1996. Businesses can also find out more by going to www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas.